When planning your big day, don’t leave your make-up to chance.
On your wedding day, it’s all eyes on you, the bride. As handsome as your Prince may be, you are the star of the show.
Worried about bridal beauty and what suits you? With some guidance and the right know-how, you can achieve an A-list perfectly polished look on your big day.
DESIblitz have put together the top bridal make up products to help you plan your perfect wedding look.
A flawless finish begins with flawless skin. Have you ever wondered how to get that mysterious red carpet ‘glow from within?’ With a little help from your new BFF MAC, that’s how.
Real Asian bride, Nadhira says: “I had so many compliments on how glowing my skin looked on my Mehndi day. Everyone wanted to know my secret, but I would rather keep this to myself!”
Sorry Nadhira, your secret is out. The MAC Prep & Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Recharge (RRP £22) brings warmth to tired, dull looking skin. It works particularly well on South Asian skin tones, as the orange tint neutralises dark patches to give a natural glowing finish.
For a more illuminating primer, try MAC Strobe Liquid (Original, RRP £22.50).
Iridescent pigments diffuse light over your skin, giving a healthy and radiant finish. The Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir is a shimmery gold version, which is well suited to medium and dark Asian skin tones.
Choosing foundation can be challenging for Asian brides. Once you find a natural brown shade to suit, you’ll want to avoid camera flashback.
Premium brands such as Estee Lauder, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Daniel Sandler, Illamasqua and Make Up Forever, all carry a good range of long wear foundation suitable for South Asian skin tones.
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation (RRP £27) has the edge, as it only uses trace amounts of Titanium Dioxide. This is a common SPF ingredient and the biggest cause of flashback.
Illamasqua’s Leena Adesara says: “[Illamasqua Skinbase is for] all skin types. It smoothes, conditions and softens your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage. It’s the Ultimate Skin Realism base.”
For South Asians, dark circles under the eyes are more bluish in tone and are more pronounced than on Caucasian skin. To cover dark circles a good concealer is a must.
Every bride sheds a few bidaii tears, so choose a concealer that is water-resistant. Dab and press Art Deco Camouflage Cream (RRP £8) under eyes and set with powder for tear-proof concealer.
Fake a natural flush with the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher (RRP £15.50). Blend a tiny drop into the apples and along the cheekbones for a natural flush. Its silicone base makes it water-resistant and virtually rub-proof. Here’s what Daniel Sandler himself has to say about them:
“Watercolour Blushers don’t sit on skin like powder blushers and because they’re water resistant they will keep a Bride looking her best all day and night. [They] also leave a lovely sheen on cheeks that photographs beautifully.”
Once you’ve got the perfect base, it’s time for the eyes. Asian bridal make-up often has to withstand the heat of camera lighting over a long period of time. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadows (RRP £18) are a bride and make-up artist favourite due to their budge-proof formula and long wear.
Real bride, Neelam says:
“These are so easy to apply, and look so beautiful. My favourite shade is Copper, which I wore on my wedding day. My eye make-up looked perfect all day even through a few bidaii tears.”
Big, bold brows are always on-trend for Asian brides. Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils (RRP £15.50) give beautifully natural looking brows, whether filling-in brows or just adding definition.
Most brides choose lash extensions, skipping the need for mascara. So all that remains to complete the eyes is Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner (RRP £15) on the top and bottom lids.
Vin Virdi, of Johara Beauty says: “Clinique Brush on Cream liner is one product I can’t live without for bridal bookings, the texture and consistency is so smooth and creamy, and the longevity is fantastic.”
For perfect bridal lips, MAC are the industry leaders. The broad shade range is matched only by their variety of lipstick finishes from matte, satin, sheer, lustre, glaze, frost, gloss, the choice is yours.
Real bride, Aisha says: “I always thought that I couldn’t wear red lipstick, until I tried MAC’s Half-Red lip liner [RRP £11.50]. This isn’t too bright for me and looked beautiful on my Walima day with a slick of MAC Lipglass [RRP £15].”
All made up and ready to wow your Prince Charming? Not quite yet. Spritz a little Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray (RRP £13.99) over the face to ensure the make-up stays put all day long and well into the evening.
Do’s and Don’ts on Finding the Perfect Make up Artist
- DO hold a make-up trial. Make sure that you allow time to a re-trial if you change your mind about anything before the wedding date.
- DO ask to see images without retouching or before-and-after pictures. Your professional photos may be retouched, but your make up needs to look perfect in person too.
- DO ask to see real bride photos. A make-up look on a model may not translate the same on you.
- DO choose a look that you feel comfortable with. If you’re not used to wearing false lashes, try individual lashes. Alternatively, practice wearing false lashes until you are comfortable with them.
- DON’T leave it too late to book your wedding make-up artist. Some make-up artists are booked 5-6 months in advance of busy wedding periods like during the summer.
- DON’T be afraid to experiment with different looks at the make-up trial. It’s not every day that you have a full make-up artist’s kit to play with. Be bold, you might just surprise yourself!
Most of all, when it comes to planning your big day, don’t leave your make-up to chance. The products featured above are available in department stores and beauty counters nationwide or online, so why not try them yourself? You can thank DESIblitz later!